A few weeks ago I was completing an application to the U.S. Copyright office for the copyright registration on my novel, Magic Moment. It wasn’t the first time I had filled out such an application for one of my stories. I have two registration notices for previous works framed and hanging where I can see them.
So, as I sat at my computer on this particular Sunday, typing the necessary information, I thought, “this so makes me feel like an author.” I remembered when I was doing promotion for “Burgers and Hot Chocolate” and Winter Wonders. I had been interviewed in Long and Short Reviews and was asked “when did you first consider yourself a writer?”
Well, my answer dated back to my college years and when I was a student at my local community college. The college had a writing contest each semester and during my second year there, I had won in the short fiction category. I said in my LASR interview that the initial recognition, along with congratulations from professors, friends, and family, made me feel like a writer.
But, now as I considered that answer, I realized anyone can be a writer. I was an Office Manager for nine years and wrote lots of memos (“Please submit your summer vacation request by May 1st. Those submitting after that date, your request cannot be guaranteed”). Few to none of those memos my supervisor asked me to write would ever be published (and I wouldn’t want them to be).
While anyone can be a writer, not everyone who writes is a published author. To be published is a dream, a goal of almost everyone who sits down to write a story. But not everyone who sits down and writes a memo on vacations considers being published.
So, I’m curious, and would love to hear others’ thoughts and opinions. My question to you, dear blog readers, is when did you first get that “I am a published author” feeling?